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Protecting America's National Forests, a report by the Heritage Forests Campaign

Endless Recreational Opportunities

Hiking and Climbing

The Appalachian, Continental Divide and Pacific Crest National Scenic Trails are among the hundreds of thousands of trails that traverse our roadless national forests. The Condrey Mountain Roadless Area in the Klamath National Forest of Northern California consists of 20,000 acres of sub-alpine meadows and diverse conifer forests. Condrey Mountain is an ecological wonderland anyone can enjoy by hiking the 12 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, which wind through this wild forest.

The Vedauwoo Roadless Area in the Medicine Bow National Forest encompasses a maze of ancient granite formations, towering cliffs and rock pedestals, at the southern tail of Wyoming's rugged Sherman Mountains. These spectacular rock types create the ideal conditions for rock climbing and bouldering while also providing highly sought solitude. Since many roadless areas can be found at higher elevations, ice climbing has become a popular activity in national forests during the winter. www.americanhiking.org

Kayaking and Fishing

Wild, roadless forests shelter our best sources of clean water, providing drinking water for millions of Americans while sustaining our most vigorous runs of salmon and steelhead. Our national forests, particularly wild roadless areas, also shield streams for recreational anglers and paddling enthusiasts. The Kern River, renowned for its world-class whitewater, cascades through thousands of acres of roadless forests in California's Sequoia National Forest and serves as a vigorous training course for U.S. Olympic kayakers. www.americanwhitewater.org

Mountain Biking

Mountain Biker courtesy IMBASerious mountain bikers prefer singletrack trails that traverse pristine landscapes and there is no shortage of either of these in roadless areas.

Take the Hermosa roadless area in the San Juan National Forest, CO as just one of many examples. These 70,000 acres of recreational wonderland have become very popular in recent years because of its ample singletrack trails and unspoiled scenery, just a few benefits of protecting roadless areas.

For more on biking please visit the International Mountain Biking Association

International Mountain Biking Association
"For IMBA, the Roadless Area Conservation Rule is a model of what is needed on our public lands: a new instrument in the kit of legal tools available to protect lands from development."

Public Support for Wild Forest Conservation

Over the years, the American people have overwhelming supported protecting roadless national forests. To date, the Forest Service has received more than 4 million public comments calling for our last wild forests to be protected. Conservation-minded consumers often shop with their hearts as much as their heads and have been known to support companies that support conservation. https://ourforests.org/public_support/index.html

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